Dollar General is among one of the fastest-growing retail store franchises in the United States, and an increasingly common staple in small towns across the country – now including Aitkin.

Manager Debby Halverson said the Aitkin location currently employs seven, including herself, and may employ more in the near future. Halverson provided a guided tour to those present at the welcoming event, who were enthusiastic about the new store.

“We’re like kids in a candy shop,” commented one tourist.

The new store will sell items commonly sold at other Dollar Generals, including a small selection of food, beauty/health supplies and housewares.

“We have name-brand items at low prices – the lowest prices we can do,” said Halverson.

Address: 520 2nd St. NE, Aitkin, MN

Hours: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

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